What is a Catechist:  Anyone who is sharing and passing on our Catholic Faith Tradition is considered a catechist.  A catechist echoes “the Good News” the Word of God to young disciples.  We do not teach a subject; share a life-style…one based on Traditions, Rituals, Prayers and teachings of Jesus; the Catholic-Christian life styl

What are the requirements to be a catechist?  If you are a faith-filled individual, enjoy being with children or youth, dedicated to the Catholic faith and feel that God is calling you to be involved…you may be just the person we need.

Training:  your training will depend on your background.  Most potential catechists do NOT have a degree in Education or Religion or Theology; therefore we will help you by offering simple workshops and videos to attend any number of training or enrichment to introduce you to such topics as Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, Prayer experiences with children, etc…You can choose to attend any number of training or enrichment sessions offered by the diocese to further you own understanding of the faith and you skills as a catechist.

The catechist’s manuals are a tremendous help to the first time catechist.  There are written specifically for those who have no previous experience as catechist and give the seasoned catechist opportunity to add to the lesson by offering creative ideas and tips for each presentation.  We also have numerous supplemental materials as well.

Contact:  Elizabeth at (459-6635 Ext. 6)


Safe Environment Mandate

All adults working with children and youth within the Albany Diocese are required to fill out a volunteer form, sign a code of conduct, have a background check and attend a VIRTUS training.  We are also required by law to report any suspected child abuse.  We take the safety of our youngest parishioners, your children, very seriously and appreciate your cooperation in the efforts made in keeping them safe.